Meet ORLY’s Educators

Carla Collier

Carla Collier

With 30 years of experience, Carla Collier is recognized as a leading industry expert in competition & education around the world. She is an international competition judge; head judge for Nailpro Competitions; cover artist; and her work & writing is regularly featured in the nail industry’s top trade publications. Carla is a former salon owner, retired competition champion & an ORLY Education Ambassador. Leading industry manufacturers, publishing houses, competition directors & entrepreneurs have sought her expert advice in product development, competition & educational materials, such as training videos, textbooks & educator training programs. In addition, she has taught & mentored nail professionals across the globe. Carla skillfully balances her salon work with competition judging, travel & organizing classes to further the education of nail professionals.

K.T. (Kieu Trinh Thuy Truong)

K.T. has been a nail technician since 1988 specializing in natural nails, foot care, and artificial nail enhancements.  K.T. travels the world learning the latest nail trends, nail techniques, and nail health care.  She is certified in over 20 different types of nail care and has completed nail art courses including Certified Master Pedicurist, Master Artist, and Advanced Nail Technician. She has won several awards including Mixed Media Competition and Salon Style Success nails.

Her passion is in educating nail techs and clients on new nail methods and products. Currently, she travels the world and country education others as on ORLY Ambassador. 

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Mariel Pizarro

Mariel Pizarro is a celebrity Manicurist & Educator based in Los Angeles, California.

Mariel works at high profile fashion & entertainment events and programs. Her editorial work includes the covers of American Salon Magazine, Redbook Magazine, Health Magazine & Fitness Magazine. Her work on set includes reality TV shows & recently the set of a Disney movie. Mariel has also been working with a multitude of celebrities.

Mariel is also an active volunteer in the Beauty Bus Foundation and was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Currently, She is an ORLY Ambassador sharing her knowledge, happily educating on the ORLY brand. 

Sam Biddle

Sam Biddle is a renowned nail technician, living in Dorset, England; she has found success within her specialty design and color. Internationally published, Sam regularly contributes to trade & national press worldwide. She has also achieved 8 front covers in the UK, Europe and USA.

Sam is an international judge & competition winner, and in 2008 & 2009 was finalist for nail professional of the year. She is now on the judging panel for Nail professional of the year awards. Having been featured on the BBC, ITV & in the national press, Sam hopes to bring color & help technicians find inspiration to express their creativity.

With much skill & knowledge, Sam is an ORLY Ambassador happily sharing & educating around the globe.

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Trina Ngo

Trina Ngo, born in Can Tho, Vietnam, moved to the US with her family in 1992 and settled in San Jose, California. She graduated from Alameda College in 1993 and started working as a manicurist.

Trina has a thorough understanding of the industry and can identify with other technicians and owners alike. She has a love for educating and sharing new nail art techniques with others.

Trina has competed & won many Nail Pro competitions, specializing in Soak-off Gel French Manicure. Known as the Soak-off Gel French Champion, Trina loves to share her passion around the globe. She currently is an ORLY Ambassador and holds a title and crown for Mrs. Vietnam USA.

Monica Canizales

Monica Canizales has been a professional nail therapist for over 25 years. She has worked as an Educator and a Salon Director at various internationally acclaimed salon spas. She has implemented valuable protocols, trained and managed teams while being recognized for overall excellence.

Monica is passionate about sharing the gift of knowledge and as a SpaRitual Ambassador, she continues to teach, educate and inspire others. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona, is a small business owner, a wife, and a proud mother of a wonderful son.

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Ke'Na Chisholm

A certified onyxologist and licensed nail technician of over 19 years, Ke’Na Marcell is an educator, competition winner & an undeniable master of her craft. Having been featured in various publications like Allure magazine, Essence magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine & Soma Magazine, Ke’Na takes her passion for education to heart, educating her clients which have included the likes of Dr. Maya Angelou, Benazir Bhutto, Suze Orman, & Debbie Fields, on proper nail health.

Having received her nail care technician diploma as well as her instructor diploma from the International School of Skin and Nail Care, Ke’Na enjoys a career traveling across the country as a Brand Ambassador for ORLY & working a variety of projects such as New York Fashion Week.

Tammi Merritt

Tammi has been a Licensed nail professional for over 20 years & an educator for over 10 years. Truly passionate about this industry she credits hard work, dedication and her mentors, for her successful career. She is thankful for the lasting friendships & opportunities this industry has provided over the years.

Her artwork has been featured in trade magazines & she was also ranked three times in the NailPro Cup top ten & was also a two-time NailPro Cup Team winner. 

Always seeking to continue her own education & better her skills; Tammi enjoys sharing her passion with other nail professionals; helping empower them so they can grow as professionals.

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Elsbeth Schuetz

Elsbeth Schuetz is an internationally renowned celebrity manicurist and educator who brings the world of color theory and artistry to the nail industry. Elsbeth works at high profile entertainment events and programs including the Oscars®, Golden Globes® and Dancing with the Stars.
Her work is seen regularly in the pages of America’s top beauty and fashion magazines as well as on the nails of celebrities. She also kept Rene Russo’s nails in tip top shape while filming “Velvet Buzzsaw”. She is a recipient of numerous beauty industry and nail art awards as well as the winner of Americas NAILS “Mini Masterpiece” Nail Art Contest 2018.

Elsbeth is known for her custom nail art, her keen eye for color, and her innate ability to create and identify the newest and hottest trends in the world of nail beauty. Elsbeth is a devout Global Ambassador for ORLY products.

Ailin Kim

I am a licensed cosmetologist with twenty years of experience. My specialties range from facials and waxing to nail design and individual eyelash application. My work experience has included being an owner and manager of a salon and as a global educator for American International Industries. Additionally, I lead classes that instruct fellow technicians on basic nail care techniques, specializing in color gel and gel extensions. My assets include fluency in English, Spanish and Korean as well as great interpersonal relationship skills. My keenness for what I do is evident in the eyes of my clients and students. My passion as an ambassador for ORLY is to educate and demonstrate the application of our world known beauty products.

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Heidi Nguyen

Heidi Nguyen has been a professional manicurist for nearly 25 years and has owned and operated her own salon for the past 20 years in Los Angeles, CA. Heidi is very well respected amongst her industry peers and is known to be one of the finest technicians and nail artists in the county. She is an internationally certified trainer and has traveled the globe training fellow technicians in her techniques and she also represents several polish manufacturers and trains their distributors and manicurists on the latest techniques and products. Heidi also has many celebrity clients and has work with them backstage and on set and preparing for awards shows. She works on photo shoots and has even had her work on several magazine covers that have been distributed around the world.

Tracey Sturdivant

Tracey has been a licensed nail tech and esthetician for over 20 years. She is an international artist having traveled throughout Canada and China sharing her knowledge and artistic abilities. She specializes in nail services, both natural and artificial, as well as skin care treatments. Tracey has been an educator and nail instructor for over 15 years. Being an instructor has given her the opportunity to combine her passion for teaching with her experience in nails. She continues to advance her training so that she can motivate and share her knowledge with her students. Tracey is a supportive member of her community and uses her knowledge and training to do charity work. She is instrumental in uniting other local artists in the beauty industry together provide services to surrounding high school programs.

Her mission is to provide education, training and encouragement to her peers and empower them to do great things in business and in their communities.

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Shari Lash

Shari has been a nail tech since 1992 and has been educating for the past 13 years. Her passion for what she does shows in all aspects of her work. She has been a business owner since 2001. She specializes in hard gel, acrylics and gel color. She loves nail art and cutting-edge techniques and is always learning new things. She has cared for the nails of celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian when she was living in Dallas.

DanaLynn Stockwood

With 15years of experience, her nail art has been published in Nails Magazine & NailPro Magazine, as well as their websites. Danalynn enjoys meeting new clients, catching up with her current clients and mentoring newbie nail technicians.

Education & knowledge are most vital with keeping up in this industry. To continue with new trends and to become acclimated with new products,  she attends nail educational classes and organizes the FunFancy Nails Events (Massachusetts & Rhode Island).

​Working Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week has been one of her favorite bi-annual endeavors. Danalynn enjoys educating fellow nail techs and is an ORLY Brand Educator. In 2017 she competed for the first time in Nailympia, and won in three categories. As she aspires to grow her brand, she currently owns FunFancy Nails & Learning Studio and is a nail art and supply distributor.

Julie Ventura

Julie Ventura

In over 10 years of being a licensed professional, Julie has focused her career on innovative education. After placing in NAILS Magazine’s first ever international “Next Top Nail Artist” competition (and most recently placing 2nd in OPI’s All Star competition), she landed a spot on Oxygen’s reality TV show, “Nail’d It!” 

Her work has been featured on the cover of NAILS and in NYFW when she scored a spot in the CND Design Lab. Working her way up from an Assistant Creative Manager in PAINTBOX, to creating the LA-based mobile nail team for Glamsquad, Julie is now the founder of NailKnowHow, a platform dedicated to providing affordable, straightforward education for nail techs of all levels.

ORLY has always been a prominent brand in Julie’s career and she is very excited to partner with such an influential company.

Amy Oung

Amy Oung has been in the nail industry for over fifteen years. She is a second-generation Vietnamese American nail technician, licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is a frequent contributor to Nails Magazine and VietSalon Magazine. Amy is a gel expert and a competition winner of U.S. Invitational. Due to her extensive knowledge of Gels and Nail Art, she has become a highly sought after educator for numerous companies. 

Currently, Amy runs a successful nail studio while inspiring nail artists around the world as an ORLY Brand Educator.

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